Tips & Resources

Tips for Maintaining Ties With Interns - NACE, July 23, 2014

Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (PDF)
Important information from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

Engage:  Annotated Bibliography
The ENGAGE Annotated Bibliography is a living resource that contains reviews of publications in community-engaged work.

Professional Organizations

NACE - National Association of Colleges and Employers
Established in 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects more than 6,300 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, more than 2,700 university relations and recruiting professionals, and the business affiliates that serve this community.

CIWEA - California Internship & Work Experience Association
Founded in 1974, the California Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA) is California's leading professional association for educators and employers dedicated to supporting internship and work experience programs in  higher education.

Roles and Responsibilities

What is the placement site’s role?

Placements sites provide a learning environment where students actively engage in the day-to-day operations of the site and conduct research and observations.  Supervisors provide 1:1 supervision, feedback and mentoring. 

What is the student’s role?

The role of the student at most placement sites is that of a participant observer. Students are expected to be professional, engaged, inquisitive, and ready to learn and contribute.  We ask that agencies commit to being a site for a minimum of one academic year. 

What are the supervisor’s responsibilities?

  • Recruit and accept qualified students on a quarterly basis for 1 full academic year.   Sites that are accepted mid-year are expected to continue through June of the following academic year.
  • Notify all students who apply about availability of opportunities.
  • Structure the field work to provide a learning opportunity directly related to curriculum in Social Ecology.
  • Develop and assign responsibilities, so that students may learn both technical and non-technical skills.
  • Clearly communicate expectations and responsibilities to students. 
  • Adhere to program deadlines.
  • Schedule hours during the placement period so that student can complete the hours required. 
  • Provide training, supervision and feedback to each student -approximately 1 hour per week. 
  • Confirm students in field study placements are authorized by Social Ecology by reviewing field study Agreement Forms.
  • Provide a verbal and written evaluation to the student and certify the number of hours the student completed via the evaluation form.
  • Contact the Field study Director if there are any problems or issues that cannot be resolved with the student.
  • Nominate outstanding students for recognition.

How should opportunities be structured? 

  • Ideal placement sites provide students with a pre-professional experience and structure activities that allow the student to:
  • Observe current social problems and evaluate intervention strategies;
  • Contribute to the day-to-day activities of the organization by working on duties and tasks related to Social Ecology curriculum.
  • Develop an understanding of organizational goals and objectives;
  • Perceive relationships between theories learned in the classroom and practice experienced in the field; and
  • Develop interpersonal and technical competencies required in the workplace.